Bruce Dickinson is the lead singer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden and is renowned for his wide-ranging operatic vocal style and energetic stage presence.
In between Iron Maiden and solo projects Bruce Dickinson learned to fly in the US and now holds a commercial airline pilot’s licence.
Pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal, Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes, the band went on to release a series of UK and US platinum and gold albums.
Since the return of lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999, the band have undergone a resurgence in popularity, with their 2010 studio offering, The Final Frontier, peaking at No. 1 in 28 countries and receiving widespread critical acclaim. Their sixteenth studio album, The Book of Souls, was released on 4 September 2015 to similar success.
Despite little radio or television support, Iron Maiden are considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, with The Observer reporting in 2015 that the band have sold over 90 million copies of their albums worldwide.
The band won the Ivor Novello Award for international achievement in 2002. As of October 2013, the band have played over 2000 live shows throughout their career. For the past 35 years, the band have been supported by their famous mascot, “Eddie”, who has appeared on almost all of their album and single covers, as well as in their live shows.
Bruce Dickinson is not only lead singer of Iron Maiden but also a pilot. Music and aviation are only two facets of his eventful life.
Like all entrepreneurs he is his own creation, but his family had a bit of `previous`. Dickinson’s mother, a housewife and his father, the son of a miner and a former army mechanic, showed entrepreneurial smarts. In Sheffield and starting with nothing his parents eventually built a successful business by buying property, refurbishing it and then selling it for a profit until they bought a boarding house and a bankrupt garage where his father began selling second-hand cars.
In between Iron Maiden and solo projects Dickinson learned to fly in the US and now holds a commercial airline pilot’s licence. He flew regularly in his role as a captain for UK charter airline Astraeus, which, from late 2010, also employed him as marketing director.
After flying numerous rescue and humanitarian missions, he piloted Maiden’s chartered Boeing 757, dubbed `Ed Force One`, a plane specially converted to carry the band’s equipment between continents. Following Astraeus’ closure in November 2011, Dickinson launched Cardiff Aviation Ltd in May 2012. Cardiff Aviation is an aircraft maintenance business based in South Wales. The company serves as a base for the repair and overhaul of aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 767 & was expected to create around 1,500 jobs, potentially bringing huge benefits to the region’s economy.